Open Advancement of Question Answering: Beyond the Jeopardy! Challenge

LTI Colloquium Presentation

Eric Nyberg, Professor, Language Technologies Institute

WhenFriday September 22, 02:30 PM to 03:50 PM
Whereaker Porter Hall – PH 100 (Map: )


The development of IBM Watson and its success in the 2011 Jeopardy! Challenge led to a renewed emphasis on QA research and development, across a broad range of application domains and data sets. This talk presents an overview of the Open Advancement of Question Answering (OAQA) consortium and its recent contributions to QA research, including the development of QA for Bioinformatics (BioQA, QUADS, BioASQ), real-time QA for web users (LiveQA), and language technology for AI and Law (LUIMA). The presentation will also explore the rise of AI agents (Watson, Siri, Cortana, Alexa), their impact on public perceptions of AI, and implications for current and future research.

Speaker Bio:

Noted for his contributions to the fields of automatic text translation, information retrieval, and automatic question answering, Nyberg received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University (1992), and his B.A. from Boston University (1983). In 2012, Nyberg received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence for his scientific contributions to the field of question answering and his work as an original developer on the Watson project. He received the BU Computer Science Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award on September 27, 2013. Nyberg currently serves as Director of the Master of Computational Data Science (MCDS) degree program, and is co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist at Cognistx.